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Friday Five – 3 June – 5 Questions in 5 Minutes

Friday Five – 3 June – 5 Questions in 5 Minutes

Welcome to this week’s Friday Five – 5 Questions in 5 Minutes Every Friday

What’s this all about?

It’s a bit of Friday Fun where we provide you with 5 questions relevant to a mix of CII exams. The challenge is for you to answer them in 5 minutes. Answers at the bottom of the page.


IMPORTANT! These questions relate to examinable tax year 2015/16, examinable by the CII until 31 August 2016. They do not relate to tax year 2016/17 which is only examinable by the CII from 1 September 2016.

  1. If an adviser explains the general advantages and disadvantages of borrowing versus renting to a client, would this constitute advice?
    1. Not if the adviser is presenting accurate and neutral facts without opinion
    2. Not if the adviser’s opinion that borrowing is more suitable has been disregarded
    3. Only where the client didn’t understand this information beforehand
    4. Only where the adviser has used scripted questions
  1. When formulating a client’s investment strategy, what should be the LAST consideration?
    1. Choice of tax wrapper
    2. Investment objective
    3. Asset allocation
    4. Client’s risk profile
  1. Maureen wants to invest tax efficiently for her daughter born in June 2014. Which of the following products would best enable her to do this?
    1. A Personal Pension and Junior ISA
    2. A Junior ISA and a Child Trust Fund
    3. A Child Trust Fund and a Personal Pension
    4. A Junior ISA and a Friendly Society Plan
  1. Nigel, age 66, had been in flexi-access drawdown for 8 months when he died suddenly in June 2015. The death benefit is £50,000. If his widow, Debbie, decides to take this as a lump sum, what is the net amount she will receive? Debbie is a higher rate taxpayer and Nigel was a basic rate taxpayer in the year of death.
    1. £27,500.
    2. £30,000.
    3. £40,000.
    4. £50,000.
  1. Carla is placing a life assurance policy into trust. Which of the following statements is correct in relation to her selection of trustees?
    1. The trustees should ideally be older than Carla
    2. The trustees should have an understanding of her wishes
    3. The trustees cannot include Carla
    4. The trustees must be related to Carla



  1. A – See R01 Study Text, Chp 5:2, Section H3A
    Grab our taster mock exam paper for CII R01. Click here to download.


  1. A – See R02 Study Text, Chp 7, Section A1H
    Grab our taster mock exam paper for CII R02. Click here to download.


  1. A – See R03 Study Text, Chp 11, Section B3
    Grab our taster mock exam paper for CII R03. Click here to download.


  1. D – See R04 Study Text, Chp 2.2, Section E2D
    Grab our taster mock exam paper for CII R04. Click here to download.


  1. B – See R05 Study Text, Chp 4, Section C4
    Grab our taster mock exam paper for CII R05. Click here to download.


How did you find this week’s questions? Did you complete them in 5 minutes? Did you get them all correct? Do you disagree with any?

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